John Kerry Gets His Twitter Account Back, Immediately Invents His Own Hashtag

#JKTweetsAgain

Secretary of State John Kerry, with his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry,  during his ceremonial swearing-in, at the State Department, Feb. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
National Journal
Sara Sorcher
Feb. 4, 2014, 5:14 a.m.

He’s baaack. Formerly one of Con­gress’s most col­or­ful tweeters, Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry is tak­ing charge of his own Twit­ter ac­count — with the State De­part­ment’s per­mis­sion, of course.

And he’s so ex­cited, he in­ven­ted his own hasht­ag.

It only took a year but @StateDept fi­nally let me have my own @Twit­ter ac­count. #JK­T­weet­sAgain

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) Feb­ru­ary 4, 2014

The last we really heard from Kerry on his own ac­count was a pic­ture of him testi­fy­ing be­fore the Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee he used to chair — to take on his cur­rent role as sec­ret­ary of State.

a new per­spect­ive from the wit­ness table ht­tp://t.co/kWkR7xYg

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) Janu­ary 24, 2013

Then everything changed. His next tweet, months later, re­dir­ects his more than 96,000 fol­low­ers to track the State De­part­ment’s of­fi­cial ac­count in­stead.

Kerry is, to put it mildly, a man on a mis­sion. His first year run­ning State brought not­able dip­lo­mat­ic ac­com­plish­ments, in­clud­ing the first-ever par­tial freeze of Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram and a deal to dis­mantle Syr­ia’s chem­ic­al weapons and avoid mil­it­ary ac­tion. He’s ap­par­ently tak­ing that dip­lo­mat­ic en­gage­ment on­line — open­ing him­self up, already, to com­ments and ques­tions from Twit­ter users about the Ir­an deal and the Benghazi at­tack.

Be­fore Kerry aban­doned his per­son­al ac­count, his tweets were an as­sort­ment of the ser­i­ous (ur­ging sup­port for the Dis­ab­il­it­ies Treaty); the food-ori­ented (men­tion­ing Friendly’s, Dunkin Donuts, Steak and Shake); and the ran­dom (mod­i­fied tweets about Sen. Marco Ru­bio’s dearth of hair).

On de­bate night last Oc­to­ber between Obama and Mitt Rom­ney — whom he played in de­bate prac­tice — Kerry tweeted a screen grab from the 1973 movie The Ex­or­cist to de­scribe his feel­ings.

wasn’t jok­ing when I said I’d need ex­or­cism post-de­bate to­night after months play­ing Mitt Rom­ney cc: @stefcut­ter pic.twit­ter.com/vp24O8iK

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) Oc­to­ber 23, 2012

He also took jabs at Rom­ney’s for­eign policy ex­per­i­ence.

Mitt ap­par­ently had no bind­ers on for­eign policy

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) Oc­to­ber 23, 2012

And he has tweeted pic­tures of him­self, nos­tal­gic for Mas­sachu­setts at a Dunkin Donuts.

at dunkin donuts here in boca/feels like I’m at home in MA pic.twit­ter.com/MOW­CrA­ba

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) Oc­to­ber 23, 2012

Kerry even em­braces his own ran­dom­ness.

A little ran­dom, yet on pt”“there are worse epi­taphs! MT @Alex­Shower­man I’ve come to en­joy ur tweets. A little ran­dom, yet on pt. Keep it up

— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) Decem­ber 12, 2012

We’ll know soon wheth­er the 70-year-old Kerry will be more buttoned-up on Twit­ter in his cur­rent role.

For now, though, god­speed. #JK­T­weet­sAgain

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